And done!

I managed to wake up on time.  Huge accomplishment considering I had a heck of time falling asleep.  I even managed to wash a few dishes this morning!

Our Christmas party was a lot of fun – it’s always great to see my friends!  It was a very nice reminder that we shouldn’t be so hermit like all the time.  We are very lucky to have so many awesome people willing to spend an afternoon/evening with us!

Now I just have to survive another work week and a try like the dickens to get everything done between now and Christmas.  I have a lot of wrapping to do!

Up early working my To Do list.

T-minus 5 hours until party time.  I’ve got a handful of things to put together between now and then.  And a few more things to clean.

This whole party throwing thing is still new to me.  I always tend to stress over not having enough food.  And I’m pretty sure that’s an unnecessary worry based on how full our table is right now.

I tried my hand at baking molasses cookies last night – colossal failure.  So flat.  I will have to try again another time.  My nut bars turned out pretty good though.  They remind me of Christmas but for the life of me I’m not sure who made them and where I’ve eaten them before.

Fat Friday

I saw this the other day…


It may be laugh and want to cry all at the same time.  Obesity seems to be ruling my life lately.  Holy fat thighs and double chins, Batman! 

I’m so far from what I once was and so far from where I want to be that it’s scary.  I was scrolling through some pictures earlier today and came across some Disney half marathon pics… I miss that me.

It’s so darn easy to fall off the damn wagon.  It’s so darn easy to lose sight of the wagon.  It’s so darn easy to burn the map that tells me how to find the wagon.

I need to build a new wagon.  I want that damn Mickey medal.  And I kind of want need to fit in my damn clothes again.

Green thumb victory


I read up on Christmas cacti and how to force them to bloom at Christmas.  I hibernated the thing in the dark basement for a few weeks and would t you know it, it worked!! 

It’s covered in buds so hopefully this isn’t the first and only bloom.

I’m so proud of myself for not killing this plant.  It was a gift from the mother-in-law.  ;-)

The last weekend…

Before Christmas.  Dun dun dun.

I, ummm, have a lot of stuff do in 3 days.  A lot.  So much so that I probably shouldn’t be sitting here drinking coffee.  I’ll regret not utilizing this time later.

I have shopping, baking, crafting, and fundraising to do.  I’d like to go the Spring Creek lights thingie tonight as well.  I don’t think we will make it to Cheyenne for light trolley thing so in town holiday lights are next on the list.

Brent and I watched the end of Home Alone and the Santa Clause last night.  I think I might have to pull out Ernest Saves Christmas.  It’s been a few years since I’ve seen it.  All of my other good Christmas movies are on VHS.  Hmmm.

Now that I’ve spent some time getting reacquainted with a sewing machine, I keep looking at fabric online.  Dangerous.  This could turn into the scrapbooking paper fiasco where I’ll end up with more than I’ll ever use.

I mean, just look at how cute this is…


And I’m even learning the terminology and brand names.  This is a deep, dark, rabbit hole I went down…

But others should benefit.  The first three things I’ve made have been gifts for others!  I’ll post pictures of them after Christmas.  I’m very proud of them!

I have two post holidays project in mind.  I have some cloth baby gate like things to finish for the spare room doorways and I’m going to make some unpapertowels.  Easy sewing but they will give me time on the machine. 

Ok, enough distracting myself… I’m off to be a Christmas elf…

One Long Month

December has been a rough month.  And yes, I know December is only two weeks old.  I’ve had overtime and callout shenanigans to last me for a long while.  I was called in at midnight last night.  Thankfully I had gone to bed a little early so I had about 4.5 hours of sleep to last me a 14 hour shift.

I got off a little bit early to avoid full on zombie mode while driving.  I know a nap would really screw me up and it’s just a tad to early to go to bed so I’m in my office playing Santa’s helper.  I’m about to wrap my first package of the year.  This will probably be one of two things: comical or disastrous.  Maybe both, I suppose.

I think after I wrap this one and only package for the day, I’ll make me a grilled cheese sandwich and then head to bed.



Found at Costco.  I think they provide more options than a bookstore.  No, I didn’t buy one.  Yes, this is on my To Read list from the library.  Saved myself from having to which of more than necessary covers to choose from.  Anyone else think that’s a tad ridiculous??

I’ll tell you one thing that is not ridiculous…


Every child needs a Minnie twice their size.  Or in my case, just my size.


Yesterday was a bad day.  A very bad.  The entire day sucked.  And just when I thought I was going home, I wasn’t.  I had to work 4.5 hours of overtime.  And deal with hospitals, bitchy doctors and nurses, and so much more disgustingness then I ever wanted to.

It’s nights like last night that make me wonder how in the hell I ever ended up doing something I had no intention of doing.  And wondering why it feels like I’m past the point of undoing what I’ve done.  I don’t have the luxury of up and quitting my job.

So I guess for now I just hate my job and look forward to the weekend.

Sort of like Friday

I have some work shenanigans that take me off the street tomorrow and allow me to sleep in so today is kind of like a Friday for me!

It will be an on-call free weekend so I have no excuses not to get all of my pre-Christmas tasks wrapped up (ha, see what I did there).

I should also be finishing what will most likely be my last book for the year, The Cold War.  It’s one I’ve had on my shelf for a while and just got never got around to reading.  It’s a great book!!  I’m having a really hard time putting it down to go to work or to go to bed.

Fun fact – the U.S. and Russia actually did fire shots at one another during the Cold War, it was just covered up.  And Khrushchev was denied entry to Disneyland when he made his first trip to the U.S.  Good on you, Disney!

Ok, must get ready for work now…

Round and round

It’s back to work Sunday.  I accomplished a lot over my weekend so I’m okay with having to go back to work this morning.  Not that I really I choice in the matter.

I’m currently making my indoor laps around the 3rd floor before my shift starts.  I’ve got my Fitbit charged back up so it’s time to start reaching for 10k steps again.  I had a slight derailment in Ohio…even when I did take a walk on Thanksgiving I still only reached about 6,000 steps that day.

I did ride my bike twice last week but stayed sloth like over my weekend.  I should have worn my Fitbit to see how many steps I took up and down the stairs and around the house while decorating.  I probably would have been disappointed even though it felt like I was all over the place.

I’d like to make a few quick errands sometime today but we shall see.  I have a few things to work on.

living life one shenanigan at a time


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